Art Stuff Newsletter

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Happy New Year to all... and don't miss the movie Midnight in Paris. It's a must see for artists. OK, let's dive right into the web sites.

If you haven't shared your web site with the rest of us send it to me and I guarantee it will be in the next newsletter. Wouldn't you like 3100 of your peers to see what you're up to? C'mon - next month is your turn.

Web Sites

Brooklyn born Barbara Leonardi (no, not Leonardo) now lives in Lido Beach and paints in pastels and oils.

Daisy de Puthod was born in Paris, but moved to Colorado and then settled in the Hudson Valley in NY.

Lancaster County Pennsylvania artist Jim Heston paints 'other species' of animals!

Louisiana artist Ann Warner paints the landscape, still life, and portraiture and has studied with my ol' buddy Charles Sovek.

Washington state artist Mary Jo Olsen paints colorful watercolors, acrylics and monotypes.

Mission, Kansas artist Verna Marie paints brightly colored landscapes, flowers and the still life.

Transparent watercolour artist Amanda Brett from New Zealand paints colorful, playful paintings.


I can't begin to count the number of times people have said to me: "Hey - how about putting a workshop together in Tuscany". and I've been so stubborn about it. Until now! I've got my first one set up in a fantastic villa September 7 - 15. And who better to teach it than dear Teresa Vito. She's taught workshops for me in Burgundy, Provence and Bordeaux. Can't tell you how excited she is to be taking a group to her ancestral home!

I got a Christmas card from the wife of Charles Sovek and that prompted me to go back and take a look at his web site - which Peggy (his wife) is beautifully maintaining. I ran across some of the stuff he wrote. This one is "Avoiding the Pretty".

Last month I wrote about a particular e-mail scam that artists receive. Well, here's another beauty: "I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to Spain, for a short vacation unfortunately i got mugged at the park of the hotel where i stayed,all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off me but luckily for me i still have my passports with me.

I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and my flight leaves in less than few hours from now but am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills,I'm freaked out at the moment. Let me know if you can help,so that i can let you know how to get the money to me."

I would bet that if these people send out thousands of these emails with one click of their mouse they would get a certain success rate - unbelievable!

We've all heard these famous words: "emerging" and "important" when describing an artist. Some of us cringe when we hear these words - like someone scratching their nails on a blackboard. Usually they're written by so-called 'taste-makers'. These are the few upscale gallery owners or writers who determine who will be called important or emerging. So I decided to do some research into "emerging artist". Here are several definitions.

1) An artist who is at an early stage in their career, who has specialized training in the art form, and who has created a modest body of artistic work. Some say the cut-off is 31 years of age! heck, if that's true we're screwed! Would Carmen Herrera be an emerging artist? After six decades of painting in obscurity she sold her first artwork at 89!

2) According to the Jerome Foundation, "emerging may apply to artists in early, mid and late career." Dry and boring definition and includes just about anyone.

Maybe it's a process and not a point in time. The road to find one's voice artistically and develop that voice is a process. So at what point during that process can an artist be declared as having emerged? Who's to decide other than the artist him or herself?

Many of you knew of Lucian Freud and loved his bold, powerful paintings. He died at the age of 88 a short while ago and Time Magazine listed him in their Person of the Year issue. Read what his daughter wrote about him.

I've decided to get more active in painting portraits for people. I've always considered it one of my strengths to capture a likeness in a vibrant, colorful and expressively painted portrait. I've found that after years and years of painting from life I can paint a portrait from a good photo and make it look like it was painted from life. So I've sketched out my plan on my painting web site. Have a look.

And here's what else I have scheduled for 2012:

Kim English is teaching a 4 day workshop in NYC May of 2012.

Jeanette Le Grue is teaching in Honfleur - the 'birthplace of Impressionism', June of 2012. Remember that if you room with someone based on my 2 for 1 special you'll each be saving in the neighborhood of $1000. Nice neighborhood. This workshop is almost filled.

Julie Cohn is teaching a watercolor painting workshop in Aix en Provence September 2012. This workshop is also almost filled so get movin'.


artist quotes

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."— Michelangelo

"There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it."— Henry Moore

"The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it". — Banksy

"In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light." — Hans Hofmann

'I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do." Lucian Freud

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